Ohio Fire Chief Credentialing Program
The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association (OFCA) and the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (OF&ESF) have identified the need to further enhance the professionalism of chief fire officers throughout the State of Ohio by the establishment of a uniform credentialing program. The goal of the program is to ensure a strong degree of accountability. The Credentialing Program sets forth the goals needed for chief fire officers to establish a higher degree of professionalism so that fire chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department, their community, and other organizations. The goal is to promote the professional development of the chief fire officer in Ohio and to assist these chiefs in their daily operations, management, and leadership.
Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years.
The OFCA, through this program, has attempted to establish occupational education, fire service related training, and experience criteria relevant to the position of fire chief. This process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, paid-on-call, or full-time applicant to meet the minimum criteria for achieving the Ohio Fire Chief credential.
By participation in this program, an applicant agrees to abide by a Mission Statement and Code of Professional Conduct. The credentialing process will be solely administered by The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Credentialing Committee.
Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Credentialed Chiefs
|Chief Rick Anderson, OFE, OFC||Ashland Fire Division|
|Assistant Chief Tim Bowling, OFC||Defiance Fire Department|
|Chief Thomas Burgasser, OFC||Massillon Fire Department|
|Chief John Donahue, OFC||Delaware Fire Department|
|Chief John Frazier, OFC||Russell Fire Department|
|Deputy Chief Michael Froelich, OFC||Sylvania Fire-EMS Department|
|Chief Brent Gates, OFC||New Concord Fire Department|
|Assistant Chief Ray Green, OFC||Canal Fulton Fire Department|
|Chief Vincent Harris, OFE, OFC||Greentown Fire Department, Inc.|
|Chief William Houk, OFC||Jefferson Township Fire Department|
|Assistant Chief Justin Joy, OFE, OFC||Greentown Fire Department|
|Chief Joseph Kitchen, OFC||Bath Township Fire Department|
|Chief Jeff Klein, OFE, OFC||Perrysburg Fire Division|
|Chief Mark Kozak, MPA, OFC||Ravenna Township Fire Department|
|Chief Dennis Lewis, OFE, OFC||Bazetta Fire Department|
|Chief Mark Martin, OFC||Perry Township Fire Department|
|Chief Matt Noble, OFC||Orange Township Fire Department|
|Asst. Chief Daniel Podlogar, OFE, OFC||Lawrence Township Fire Department|
|Chief Rudy Ruiz, MBA, EFO, FO, OFC||Bedford Township Fire Department|
|Chief Bill Shaw, EFO, OFC||Solon Fire Department|
|Chief George Snyder, BCJ, OFC||Burghill Vernon Fire Department|
|Chief Porter Welch, J.D., OFE, OFC||Scioto Township Fire Department|
|Chief Jonathan Westendorf, OFC||City of Franklin Division of Fire|
|Chief Bill Wilkins, OFC||Defiance Fire Department|
|Chief Jerry Winkler, OFC||Seville-Guilford Fire & Rescue|
|Chief Paul Wright, OFC||Montgomery Fire Department|
|Chief Jeffery Young, OFE, OFC||Sheffield Village Fire Department|